Only 1 Measles Death in 24 Hours, 20,000 Vaccinated With Half A Day Left

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  • Vaccination work going hard since the teams went on the road before many of the families woke up this morning.
    Vaccination work going hard since the teams went on the road before many of the families woke up this morning.

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Only one person died from the measles in the last 24 hours to bring the total to 63,  as the emergency mass vaccination count reaches 20,000 by 11.00am this morning.

The solitary fatality in this latest Update 20 report is compared to only two from the previous Update 19.

The number of new recorded cases have dropped to 140 in this latest update compared to 165 in Update 9.

The new update comes on the final day of the two day emergency vaccination that started yesterday nation wide.

By mid-morning the 20,000 already vaccinated comes with still half a day of vaccination still left to go.

The count at the end of the first day yesterday was 17,500.

The Ministry of Health confirms 178 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities.  Of this, 144 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 2 at Poutasi District Hospital, 1 at Lalomanu DH, 24 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 3 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH) 2 at Foailalo DH, 1 Sataua DH and 1 at Safotu District Hospital.  Admissions include 20 critically ill children in ICU/HDU and 3 pregnant women at TTMH.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,369.  Of that, 1,128 (82%) patients have been discharged. Recovery rate remains the same since the last update.

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